Irvine Police Department Press Release

Public Information Office
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606

(949) 724-7216


PRESS RELEASE #9/25/2012
Subject :

Off Duty Officer Arrests Vehicle Burglar
Contact :Julia Engen, Lieutenant    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (September 25, 2012):  On Monday, September 24, 2012, at approximately 5:00 p.m., an off-duty Irvine Police Officer driving home from work spotted a suspicious subject walking toward the parking area of the San Remo Apartments. He continued to observe as the suspect, Miguel Ignacio Tinajero (10/20/65), attempted to pry the door of a pickup truck.  Tinajero saw the officer and turned to walk away but was detained without incident.


Further investigation revealed a coat hanger was used in an attempt to pry the door of the pickup.  A second victim’s vehicle was also located nearby. The second vehicle had been left with a window open.  Tinajero is suspected of removing paperwork including mail from that vehicle’s glove box.


Tinajero was booked into the Orange County Jail for attempted burglary, attempted petty theft and possession of burglary tools. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.


The Irvine Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind community members to always lock their vehicles and to remove valuables prior to leaving vehicles unattended. Anyone witnessing suspicious activity should report it to police immediately. 



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